Week 46: Equality

Extremism


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Negotiations and Other Interactions

The title of this topic comes from Paul Simon’s song “Train in the Distance,” wherein Simon writes “negotiations and love songs are often mistaken for one and the same.” The idealized version of marriage is continual bliss but the truth, in a relationship between sincere parties, is an ongoing series
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Freedom of Expression

The right to speak freely and to be heard is an indispensable part of equality. Equally indispensable is the community’s receptiveness to ideas: its willingness to listen and hear. This is a daunting challenge in the modern urbanized and suburbanized world, because most of us can never realistically expect to
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Temperance – Balance – Symmetry – Proportion

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. [Erich Fromm] Not just in politics but in life, proportion is an important value, which is related to judgment. Opposities include extremism.
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Political Equality

People have always schemed to gain political advantage over others. In the long age of kings, political equality was not even discussed but since democracy began to emerge in the late eighteenth century, more and more, people have sought and sometimes demanded political equality. For women in the United States,
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Equal Rights and Protection of Law

In 1868, the United States added the Fourteenth Amendment to its Constitution, guaranteeing every person within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws. Despite a checkered history of enforcement, this principle remains an essential and cherished ideal.
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Equal Opportunity – Opportunity In Fact – Economic Justice

Equal opportunity is a legal concept, which has referred to equal access unimpeded by race, ethnicity, religion or any other basis of discrimination except merit. To date, it has not meant true equal opportunity, which would imply an equality of means. For most of the world’s people and for many
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Equality

A commitment to universal human worth and dignity necessarily implies a commitment to equality. People do not agree what the nature and extent of that equality should be. At least, it must include equal opportunity. Most people in the developed world probably would agree with that statement but in fact
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